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March 13, 2024

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Kelly Watson, Boulder County Transportation, Floodplain Specialist, 720-564-2652

Andrew Barth, Boulder County Transportation, Communications, 303-441-1032

March 26 BOCC Public Hearing on Z-23-0001 Zoning Map Amendments to the Floodplain Overlay District

Attend the Commissioners' hearing in-person or virtually


Boulder County, Colo. - The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a hybrid Public Hearing on Docket Z-23-0001: Zoning Map Amendments to the Floodplain Overlay District on Tuesday, March 26 starting at 1 p.m.

What: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing for Docket Z-23-0001: Zoning Map Amendments to the Floodplain Overlay District
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 starting at 1 p.m.
Where: Commissioners' Hearing Room, Downtown Courthouse, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, or virtual via Zoom. Information on how to attend or speak virtually will be posted to the Commissioners Advance Agenda by March 19.

View the staff report and proposed zoning map amendments.

Opportunity for live virtual and in-person public comments will be available. Written comments should be emailed to floodplainadmin@bouldercounty.gov.

Background

The Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP) has produced new regulatory floodplain maps for the waterways in unincorporated Boulder County most affected by the 2013 Flood. The county’s Floodplain Overlay District is comprised of both the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and the Boulder County Floodplain and Floodway. In 2017, 2018, and 2020, the county incorporated draft and preliminary CHAMP data into the Boulder County Floodplain and Floodway. Now, the CHAMP study will be incorporated into the FEMA FIRM as of autumn 2024.

Staff propose removing Boulder County Floodplain and Floodway for stream reaches included in the CHAMP study, such that the FEMA FIRM will be the only effective regulatory floodplain for CHAMP reaches after the FEMA map update.

The Boulder County Planning Commission held a public hearing on Jan. 17, 2024, and recommended approval approval of Docket Z-23-0001 to the Board of County Commissioners. View the Jan. 17 video recording and staff report.

Visit the Z-23-0001 webpage for more information, or contact Floodplain Planner Kelly Watson at floodplainadmin@bouldercounty.gov or 720-564-2652.